The Director

Jinwook Park, Director

Born in South Korea in 1968, Jinwook Park was brought up in a musical environment, learning various instruments, including violin, piano, and flute, under the influence of his pianist mother.
He made his debut as a conductor at the 1987 Seoul International Music Festival by conducting his prize-winning composition for string quartet, Poongryu. Subsequently, he conducted other prize-winning original works in three more Seoul International Music Festivals, the Nan Pa Festival (first prize), the Dong-A Music Competition, and the Pan Music Festival.

He started his studies in conducting with Chaidong Chung at Chung-Ang University (Music Director of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra), where he continued his graduate studies. He studied conducting with Heonjoung Lim (Professor at Seoul National University and Music Director of the Bucheon Philharmonic), Roman Kofman (Music Director of the Beethoven Orchestra – Bonn), and Eri Klas (Music Director of the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra). He also served as conducting researcher at the Seoul Philharmonic and conducted a professional contemporary music ensemble in Essen, Germany.

After he completed a master’s degree, Mr. Park contributed to the cultural development of the Gwacheon community by taking an essential role in the foundation of three orchestral groups in Gwacheon: Gwacheon Chamber Orchestra, Gwacheon Philharmonic Orchestra, and Gwacheon Youth Symphony. He served as Music Director of the Bundang Philharmonic, music director, and conductor of the Seoul Contemporary Chamber Music Festival, and Music Director of the 4th Suwon Fortress International Theatre Festival (opera).

In April 2001, Mr. Park was selected as the first Music Director of the Gwacheon City Youth Symphony Orchestra. In the following years, he devoted himself to upgrading the orchestra through challenging repertoire (complete Stravinsky ballet music and Mahler symphonies), various programs to develop young musicians’ talents, and the introduction of an executive office for professional orchestral management.

He has taught music and orchestral conducting at Changwon National University, Myungji, Anyang, and Chung-Ang Universities as an adjunct professor. He has conducted the Cappella Orchestra (Russia), St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra (Finalist, International Prokofiev Orchestral Conducting Competition, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2008), Queensland Youth Symphony Orchestra (Australia), Portland Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (USA), and Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, as well as numerous other orchestras in Korea and Japan.
He is now the vice chairman of the General Association of the Korea National Youth Symphony Orchestra and worked at Queens College with Maestro Maurice Peress.

He moved to the United States in 2010 and obtained Artist Diploma for orchestra conducting and Master of Degree for orchestra conducting at CUNY.  He was also the conductor of Queens College(Aaron Copland School of Music) and is currently serving as the director and the conductor of NJPO.